TRAVELOGUE
Andalusia

Granada - Antequera

We leave our "cave" in Guadix and drive towards Granada. On the way to Granada we stop in the village Purullena, where clay souvenirs are manufactured. The terrain is becoming more hilly and covered with forest - south of the highway to Granada there is a mountain chain Sierra Nevada (there is a winter sports resort here too) with its highest peak Mulhacén at 3482 m.

Granada
Granada
It's quite difficult to park a car in Granada. We manage to park it in a street near (and above) the center. We descend to the center on steep and narrow streets. This part of the town is quite seedy and dirty. The main attraction we're visiting in Granada is Alhambra. Alhambra is a building somewhere between a castle and a vast residence, located at the top of a hill overlooking Granada. Soon we find the road to Alhambra and climb al the way up (for those who don't like to walk there is a tourist bus too). Entering Alhambra is somewhat peculiar: there's a limited number of visitors allowed to Alhambra daily; when the limit is reached the entrance is no longer possible. But, it's possible to book tickets on the internet and that's what we did. The tickets are booked for a particular day and a particular hour! We were not allowed to enter Alhambra earlier than our scheduled time (once inside, the length of the visit is not limited) so we return to the center to enjoy a walk throught it. Although we're in spring, it's a very hot day. After an hour or so we climb back to Alhambra. A German couple is shouting at the entrance gate - after a long drive they couldn't get in because the allowed number of visitors has been reached...
Granada - Alhambra
Granada - Alhambra
Once in Alhambra, we first visit its gardens. They are full of flowers, a beauty to stroll through. Everywhere around us there is water: fountains, sources, springs... After the gardens we enter the buildings: middle-age architecture with Arabic influence (fine details carved in the stone) is omnipresent. The exterior walls of Alhambra offer a magnificent view over Granada. After 3 hours of sightseeing we return to the center, tired and hungry.

We chose a nice-looking restaurant on a small square. I order one of Andalusian specialties: the tail of the ox ("rabo de toro"). The food is good, but a few moments after leaving the restaurant I start to feel sick. We walk for a while along the river hoping it'll pass by, but it doesn't. So we return to the car (I hardly managed to). As I'm in no condition to drive, Željka is doing all it takes - she phoned the parador in Antequera to check they have free rooms. Paradors are state-owned hotels in Spain, mostly located in old castles and villas. They tend to be of quite high quality (and their prices reflect that!). While she's driving to Antequera I start to feel better.

Antequera
Antequera
Finding the parador in Antequera was no easy task. After finally having settled in the hotel, we head out for a walk. The old city of Antequera in located at the top of a hill dominating the countryside. It's getting dark as we climb up the hill. We hear motorcycles buzzing all around the city. We open the beers we brought with us and enjoy the night view over Antequera. Once back in the hotel we fall asleep immediately.
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